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Amazfit T-Rex Pro launches in the Philippines

Military-grade smartwatch with 18 days of battery life

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Are you looking for a smartwatch that’s durable enough for the type of activities you do? Wait no further as Amazfit T-Rex Pro is coming to the Philippines.

Designed for Outdoors

The T-Rex Pro is a smartwatch that’s built to last even in the harshest climate conditions — humid rainforests, super-dry deserts, you name ’em. Not only it is shock-resistant, it’s also water-resistant with a grade of 10 ATM. To make it better, the smartwatch can last up to 18 days in a single charge.

It has a 1.3-inch AMOLED display that’s clear and colorful enough when exposed to the bright sunlight. Its design should be attractive enough for any sports enthusiast especially with its metal-sprayed outer bezel and silicone strap that repels sweat as well.

Just in case you get lost in the wilderness, it supports four global navigation satellite systems as well as a compass to help you track location even in challenging environments. There’s also a barometric altimeter that records one’s elevation after a climb.

It even has a weather tracker that can monitor sunrise and sunsets as well as display the current moon phase.

Your Personal Trainer

The Amazfit T-Rex Pro has 100 different sports mode for you to choose. It can track your heart rate, distance, speed, burned calories, and even your blood-oxygen saturation so you won’t miss a chance of getting fitter every single day.

There’s also an Amazfit-exclusive feature called Firstbeat algorithm that assesses data such as your maximum oxygen update, full recovery time, training load, among other progresses and accomplishments. In addition to that, there’s ExerSense algorithm which automatically recognizes eight sports modes and records all related data.

Moreover, the Amazfit T-Rex Pro is also equipped with BioTracker 2 PPG — an optical sensor. Not only it records precise heart rate monitor, it also alerts you if your heart rate gets too high. It’s also responsible for tracking HRV (heart rate variability) so that it can record your response to stress.

There are more health-related features that await you such as PAI (Personal Activitiy Intelligence) health assessment system. There’s SomnusCare sleep-quality monitoring feature as well for recognizing one’s sleep states and breathing problems when asleep.

Pricing and Availability

The Amazfit T-Rex Pro comes in three color options including Meteorite Black, Desert Grey, and Steel Blue.

It will be available for pre-order starting on September 1, 2021 with a retail price of PhP 8,090 through its official Shopee and Lazada stores. Units will rollout two days after the pre-order date. The first 100 buyers will receive a Yi 1080p Dome Camera.

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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

Successors named

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey has been as much of a staple for the social media network as Mark Zuckerberg has for Facebook. However, as followers of Apple and Microsoft can attest to, long-standing figureheads of tech can change in an instant. Twitter is suddenly undergoing just that sort of shakeup. In a surprise announcement, Dorsey has announced that he is stepping down as Twitter CEO.

On-brand for his eccentric personality, Dorsey tweeted out the internal email detailing his resignation from his post. According to the email, Dorsey now feels that it is time to transition the company from a “founder-led” system to something potentially greater. He, along with other members of the board, has already appointed successors for his position.

First, now-former Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal will serve as the company’s CEO effective immediately. Agarwal was formerly an engineer with Twitter but has since led the company through several key decisions beside Dorsey.

Secondly, Bret Taylor, a member of Twitter’s board, will eventually serve as the new chairman. Dorsey will still serve the rest of this term until around May. Between now and the end of his term, Dorsey will help both new leaders transition into their new positions.

Though Dorsey’s announcement has a sense of intensity, this isn’t the first time that the Twitter founder exited his position. Back in 2008, he left his post for a time before returning to helm the company again in 2015. Only time will tell whether this current resignation will stick and what role he will transition into now. Regardless, it’s a new era for Twitter.

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Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double its predecessor

Same with Snapdragon, reportedly

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The end of the year often means the latest generation of smartphone chipsets. Qualcomm and MediaTek, two of the world’s top chipset makers, launch the latest flagship series that will power the following year’s slate of smartphones. Qualcomm already teased a rebranding with their upcoming launch. Now, we have a few more details about MediaTek’s recently launched Dimensity 9000.

Recently, MediaTek launched its next flagship chipset series. The Dimensity 9000 promises impressive performance that can allegedly topple its predecessor’s performance, the Dimensity 1200. However, a promise like that can come with its drawbacks.

Via GizChina, the Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double of its predecessor. Though the report does not give actual specifics, it is likely that a more expensive price tag for the processor also comes with an increase in price for the flagship smartphones that it will come with. Next year’s smartphones might come a lot costlier because of the chipset.

If anything, the report also states that the upcoming Snapdragon flagship chipset will also have a higher price tag when it launches soon. As such, most flagships might indeed have higher price tags next year.

Both chipsets have not made their ways to an actual smartphone yet. However, the Snapdragon and Dimensity series do have the most ubiquitous brands for a chipset. If the report does come to pass, we might have to bid our wallets adieu next year.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek announces new Dimensity 9000 chipset

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All MediaTek processors found with vulnerabilities

Thankfully patched now

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Technology is imperfect. Though the tech world has a plethora of revolutionary features, it also has a handful of vulnerabilities that malicious parties can exploit with gusto. And, as long as that world keeps advancing, weaknesses will always be found. In a new report, a whopping 37 percent of all smartphones was found with a critical vulnerability.

Reported by Check Point Research, MediaTek’s processors apparently have a vulnerability embedded into their AI and audio components. Currently, MediaTek is one of the most popular processor brands in the world. The company’s lineup, including the Dimensity series, is found in around 37 percent of smartphones and devices around the world.

In their report, Check Point Research tried to reverse-engineer the processor’s audio components. Because of its architecture, a hacker can create a custom message that can access the feature remotely. As such, victimized devices can eavesdrop on their users without them knowing.

By the time that Check Point Research published the report, MediaTek already patched the vulnerability out from its current lineup. It was fixed in October and will be officially reported in the company’s December newsletter.

Of course, it all depends on whether users will keep their devices updated with the latest software releases. If you want to prevent your phones from getting victimized, always keep them updated with security updates pushed by your respective brand.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek Pentonic 2000 will power flagship 8K 120Hz TVs

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